How does a fourth-generation hardwood merchant like Border Hardwood, make the finest European Oak beams? Ask a traditional supplier, and they will tell you that it’s all about using the finest materials. Also, it’s all about staying true to traditional processes, especially for specific orders. Let’s learn about these time-tested processes better.
Selecting And Processing Materials
Crafting perfect oak beams to be used for different applications starts with selecting the right materials. Almost all of the wood used to make oak beams come from European Oak. This type of hardwood is very durable, with a medium to coarse texture and density.
The beams are cut to size according to different orders. All oak wood is sawn, machined, and air-dried (or sometimes kiln dried) and are immediately delivered to customers as soon as the process is over. But before oak beams are packed and shipped, grading is meticulously done.
About In House Grading
To ensure the quality of all oak beam products, an in-house structural grading team is employed. The goal of an in-house grading service is to guarantee that customers receive the best quality products. Also, having an in-house grading team helps companies create a solid reputation in the industry; to create a benchmark for high quality oak beam products.
A part of making the finest oak products, employees must undergo in-depth training regarding materials handling, grading, and helping customers make the right choice in selecting different hardwood products. Employees must also receive training on sustainability as oak wood is in demand for local use and also as an export material.
Timber Industry Concerns
The number one concern of all oak beam suppliers is the environment. For every hardwood cut or taken from the forest, there’s an additional strain left to the environment. This is why it’s essential to harvest hardwood only from designated forests that are sustainably managed.
Oak beams and hardwood products suppliers must secure certification that their raw materials are 100% certified. It’s also necessary to ensure that the timber is responsibly-cultivated and harvested in support of environmental health and to enhance biodiversity. Certification documents should also be available in case a client or customer requests for documentation.